Protect the Children (and mean it)

Waking Up Now
January 24, 2010
The Prop 8 trial has showcased the anti-gay opposition repeating lies about the LGBT community being more likely to molest children. But the best cure for dishonesty is truth. We all need to be able to debunk these lies. Watch the video below citing studies and experts on the subject of child abuse: [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial, Day Eleven

Pam's House Blend
January 27, 2010
NCLR's Shannon Minter blogs about day 11 of the Proposition 8 trial. [Link]

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Proposition 8 Trial Hears Testimony That Freedom to Marry Would Undermine Marriage

Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2010
The Institute for American Values' David Blankenhorn testified Tuesday in support of Proposition 8, but when he was cross-examined by plaintiffs' attorneys, he admitted to writing in a book that the U.S. would be "more American on the day we permit same-sex couples to marry than we were on the day before." He also admitted that marriage equality would "improve the well-being of gay and lesbian households and their children." [Link]

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Opposition Witness Says Freedom to Marry Would Help Children

The Associated Press
January 26, 2010
The Institute for American Values' David Blankenhorn testified in favor of Proposition 8 on Tuesday, but said that allowing same-sex couples to marry would improve the well-being of the children raised by lesbian and gay parents. [Link]

See video of Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson quoting the American Academy of Pediatrics' - and numerous other expert organizations - positive position on same-sex couples raising children:

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Prop 8 Trial, Day Ten

Pam's House Blend
January 26, 2010

NCLR's Shannon Minter writes about the 10th day of the Proposition 8 trial and the first witness called by the defendant-intervenors, Kenneth Miller, a government professor at Claremont McKenna College. Minter writes that Miller offered "a surprisingly superficial account of political power," and "made several admissions that undermined his credibility as an expert." [Link]

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Supporters of Ban on Freedom to Marry Start Case

The New York Times
January 25, 2010

The pro-Prop 8 side called its first witness Monday - Claremont McKenna College professor Kenneth Miller. In his cross-examination of the witness, David Boies peppered Miller with questions about discrepancies between his testimony on gay political clout and his earlier sworn depositions. [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial, Day Nine

Pam's House Blend
January 25, 2010
NCLR's Shannon Minter discusses the ninth day of the Proposition 8 trial: "This has been an unbelievable week, with testimony that ranged from highly technical and informative to deeply personal, emotional, and moving. The plaintiffs put on an impressive array of witnesses whose testimony, taken as a whole, overwhelmingly supports their case and underscores the profound harm Prop 8 has caused to LGBT people." [Link]

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Proud to Testify for Freedom to Marry

The Huffington Post
January 25, 2010

Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality, San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, says that he took pride in testifying against Proposition 8: "Through conversations with friends and supporters in 2007, I realized that my position was inconsistent with one of my core principles as a police officer and as mayor, which is that every community deserves to be treated with equal dignity and respect." [Link]

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Prop 8 Trial Witness: Being Gay Not a Choice

The Associated Press
January 25, 2010
University of California, Davis researcher Gregory Herek was called as the final expert witness for the plaintiffs in the Proposition 8 trial Friday and testified that sexual orientation cannot be changed. The point is central to the plaintiffs' effort to show that gays deserve the same judicial protection as racial and ethnic minorities. [Link]

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Prop. 8 foes tell court why they see measure as unconstitutional

Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2010

Challengers of the 2008 California ban on the freedom to marry concluded testimony Friday after calling multiple witnesses to define homosexuality, marriage and the role religion has played in prejudice. Supporters of Proposition 8 will put on their case beginning Monday. [Link]

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